20,000 Species Of Bees

20.000 especies de abejas

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

Gina Ferrer García

Raúl Barreras

Barto Alcaine, Alvaro de Íscar

Gariza Films, Inicia Films, ETB, ICAA, Movistar Plus+, RTVE

Sofía Otero, Patricia López Arnaiz, Ane Gabarain, Itziar Lazkano



125 min.


20,000 Species Of Bees

20.000 especies de abejas

In a small, sleepy village in the Basque Country, a sculptor named Ane and her three children arrive at her mother Lita’s home for summer vacation where they are surrounded by extended family and nosy neighbors. Ane and her mother’s relationship is strained.

Lita disapproves of her daughter’s frayed marriage, career as an artist, and the way she parents her obstinate and mischievous children. Chief among them is eight-year-old Aitor, nicknamed Coco after it becomes clear that being referred to by the Aitor elicits feelings of distress in the child. Born biologically male, neither birth name nor the genderless nickname feel quite right, and Ane’s concern for her child grows as Coco becomes more withdrawn. The child’s only respite lies in the Basque hills, where Ane’s aunt Lourdes tends to the family’s beekeeping farm. Among the peaceful humming of bees and Lourdes’ openminded guardianship, Coco slowly begins to confide in family and friends her discomfort in her body, eventually voicing a desire to be treated as a girl. As Coco explores her own developing identity over the summer, Ane and the rest of her family in turn must learn to accept the child as she is...

New waves

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren
Bilbao (Spain), 1984
Director, actress

Graduate of Audiovisual Communication (UPVBilbao), Editing Theory (EICTV Cuba), Master in Film Direction and Master in Film Business (ESCAC). She has directed the shorts Adri and Ashes and Dust and the feature-length documentary Paper Voices premiered at San Sebastián. Her films have also been shown at festivals such as Guadalajara, Brussels or Malaga. She is developing her first feature film 20,000 SPECIES OF BEES, selected for Berlinale Co-Production Market, Premier Plans or La Incubadora.


◊ 20.000 especies de abejas (20,000 Species Of Bees, 2023) marks her debut as a director

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